Close the Gap 2018, Important document release from NATSILMH

15 Mar 2018

AIPA proudly supports the release of the following documents:

The first is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture - Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration Implementation Guide.

Link:natsilmh.org.au/sites/default/files/Health%20in%20Culture%20GDD%20Implementation%20Guide.pdf     

This a comprehensive guide for governments and organisations across the mental health system to implementing the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration as required by Article 12.3 of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. NATSILMH launched the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration in 2015. It champions a ‘best of both worlds’ approach that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ choice of cultural and clinical treatment for mental health difficulties as the path to the best mental health outcomes. It further champions the presence and visibility of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and leaders across the mental health system as a primary way of achieving this.

The second is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Policy Concordance. 

Link: http://natsilmh.org.au/sites/default/files/NATSILMH%20Health%20in%20Culture%20Policy%20Concordance%20%282%29.pdf

The value of the Policy Concordance is that it will now be possible to ascertain what documents as diverse as the Fifth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Framework, the Cultural Respect Framework, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan and the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration, among many others, require of Australian governments, PHNs and the mental health system overall. The Concordance aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the mental health space and our communities by providing this important accountability tool.

Both documents are available through the links provided above and on the NATSILMH website: natsilmh.org.au.

The NATSILMH Chair Tom Brideson mentions, "At a time when the COAG Closing the Gap Framework is being refreshed, NATSILMH believe these two significant contributions to the social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention space will be a catalyst for significant action and investment to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and health outcomes."